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E-cigarettes mostly used by young smokers, would-be quitters: Study

Published on Jun 17, 2014 7:15 AM
A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City in this file photo taken on Dec 18, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Nearly 30 million people across Europe now use e-cigarettes and are most likely to be aged between 15 and 24, who smoke tobacco regularly and are trying to quit, a new analysis shows.

The rising number of users has led to "staggering" growth in the availability of e-cigarettes with around 10 new brands coming to market every month, a second study showed.

Writing in the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from the United States said their findings underlined the size and speed of growth in the market for e-cigarettes, and the need for more research into their potential risks and benefits.

"As e-cigarettes represent an emerging market in which the tobacco industry has extensively invested, it is imperative to identify the population subgroups that are more likely to use them and the subsequent implications this might have on public health," said Constantine Vardavas, a senior research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health who led the study.

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